At least two Jerusalem synagogues have upgraded their security arrangements in the wake of the terrorist attack and massacre that took place in the Kehillat Bnei Torah Synagogue in the capital’s Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday.
The Jerusalem Great Synagogue posted on its website a notice to the effect that security coverage has been expanded and an additional guard and patrols of the entire premises have been added to existing security precautions.
The HaZvi Yisrael Synagogue in upscale Talbiya sent out an email to members and regular congregants stating that steps are being taken to protect the synagogue and its congregants, asking for suggestions as to how this could best be done and stating that everyone must be alert to any suspicious activity in or near the synagogue. It also notified congregants where panic buttons are located on the premises.
During the High Holy Days and Simchat Torah, President Reuven Rivlin was among the congregants at both synagogues, worshiping in the evening at one and in the day time at another.